Morocco halts all incoming flights because of virus variant – KXAN Austin

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Posted: Nov 28, 2021 / 9:12 AM CST
Updated: 11/28/2021 / 9:17 AM CST

RABAT, Morocco (dpa) – Morocco will suspend all incoming air travel from all over the world for two weeks from Monday due to the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant, the Foreign Ministry announced on Sunday.

The ministry tweeted that the decision had been taken to “preserve the achievements made by Morocco in the fight against the pandemic and protect the health of its citizens”. It noted the spread of Omicron in Africa and Europe.

Morocco kept its borders closed for months in 2020 because of the pandemic, fearing its healthcare system would not be able to cope with the surge in patients in nearby Europe.

The kingdom in North Africa has one of the highest confirmed infection rates in Africa, but it is also at the forefront of the continent’s vaccination effort with 66% of its population having received at least one dose.

The flight suspension was among the most dramatic of many restrictions imposed by nations around the world to slow the spread of the Omicron variant. Much remains to be learned about the new variant, but researchers fear that it could be more resistant to protection from vaccines.

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